10 Best Pushchairs For Babies and Toddlers

What is the best pushchair?‘ is probably the number one question we receive from new parents.

Owning a great buggy — that’s perfectly tailored to you and your baby’s needs — is an absolute must for enjoyable days out and seamless trips away. Alongside a cot and a car seat, this is one of the most important purchases you’ll make and so it’s worthy of some research.

But don’t think that means you need to spend the earth and splurge on the latest gadget from insert-luxury-brand-name-here 🤪 There are plenty of reasonably priced pushchairs on the market that compete hard for the top spot and will serve you very well.

We’ve rounded up the best of the best when it comes to buggies — it’ll be hard to go wrong with one of these. Of course, you need to make sure that the one you choose is right for you — just because a mummy pal loves a certain brand, doesn’t mean it’ll fit into your lifestyle.

If you’re interested in the nitty gritty of what makes a great pushchair and why we focused on the criteria we did, read through to the end for some more in-depth explanation that should help you make the right purchasing decision for your family.

Looking for a ‘hand free’ solution, too? You may also want to check our guide to the best toddler backpack carriers!

Let’s get right into it…

Best Pushchairs in 2021

Bugaboo Fox 2

Age/Weight SuitabilityBirth to 22kg (around 5 years)
Weight9.9kg
Seat Facing PositionParent and world
Fold One piece or two piece options
Lie-Flat Capability?Yes, with included carrycot
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • Power steering – you can even push one-handed!
  • Advanced suspension for all terrains
  • Feels very sturdy and even luxurious
  • Can be folded in one piece for convenience on-the-go or into two pieces for space
  • Easy seat recline in 3 positions
  • Fabrics are machine washable
  • Baby can be facing parents or the world
  • Comes with a flat-lying carrycot so it’s suitable from birth
  • Reasonably lightweight

Potential Cons to Consider

  • The fold isn’t quite as compact as we’d like and takes some time getting used to
  • Assembly instructions aren’t the best
  • Expensive

Babyzen YOYO²

Age/Weight Suitability6 months – 22kg or from birth with Newborn Pack (sold separately)
Weight6.1 kg
Seat Facing PositionNewborn Pack and bassinet faces parents, normal seat faces world
FoldOne-handed, super compact
Lie-Flat Capability?Yes with Newborn Pack or Bassinet (sold separately)
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • Super lightweight and can be carried over one shoulder when folded
  • Easy to handle
  • Can be folded and unfolded with just one hand
  • Can be taken as hand luggage with many airlines! ✈️
  • Improved suspension (on previous iteration, YOYO+)
  • Backrest has multiple recline positions
  • Reasonably easy to assemble
  • Excellent price considering quality and reputation

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Doesn’t feel as sturdy as other, bigger pushchairs on this list
  • Small wheels mean it doesn’t cope so well on rougher/uneven terrain – this is definitely best for city use and travelling
  • Newborn Pack/Bassinet must be purchased separately if you want to use this from birth

Mountain Buggy Terrain

Age/Weight SuitabilityNewborn to 25 kg (around 5 years)
Weight12.9 kg
Seat Facing PositionParent with carrycot (sold separately) and world with normal seat
FoldOne-handed option, wheels can be taken off also
Lie-Flat Capability?Yes
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • Ability to go from fully lie-flat to upright
  • Very easy to handle on a variety of terrains
  • Lockable front wheel for stability when jogging
  • Handlebar brakes as well as a foot brake
  • Comes with two sets of wheels — 16″ and 12″
  • Shock absorbing suspension
  • Large sun canopy
  • One handed, easy fold
  • Lots of storage options
  • Optional purchase of a carrycot if you want your baby to be parent-facing but lie-flat capability of seat means this isn’t a necessity if you want to use from birth
  • Good price

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Reasonably heavy and bulky when folded down
  • Shorter parents may feel the handlebars are a little high when the 16″ wheels are used

Nuna MIXX

Age/Weight SuitabilityBirth to 20kg
Weight12.5 kg
Seat-Facing PositionParent and world
FoldOne-piece, reasonably compact
Lie-Flat Capability?Yes
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • Highly maneuverable and easy to handle
  • Good suspension makes for a smooth ride on any terrain
  • True flat sleeper recline seat
  • Feels very sturdy and looks stylish
  • 5 position recline
  • Adjustable calf support with footrest
  • Large, extendable canopy
  • All-season seat that keeps child cool in summer and warm in winter
  • Opens with one hand and easy fold
  • Large storage basket
  • One-touch rear wheel braking system

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Large wheels make it a little bulky even with flat fold
  • Quite heavy

iCandy Peach

Age/Weight Suitability6 months to 25kg or from birth with carrycot
Weight12.5 kg
Seat-Facing PositionParent and world
FoldOne-handed
Lie-Flat Capability?Yes, with included Carrycot
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • Can be easily converted into a double buggy
  • Comes with a 5 year warranty
  • One-handed fold
  • Carrycot can be used for overnight sleeping!
  • Feels very sturdy
  • Huge 44 litre storage basket
  • 4 position recline
  • Puncture proof tyres
  • Adjustable calf rest
  • Adjustable handlebars

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Expensive
  • Quite heavy and bulky when folded with wheels on

Silver Cross Avia

Age/Weight SuitabilityBirth to 20 kg (around 3.5 years)
Weight5.5 kg
Seat-Facing PositionWorld
FoldOne piece compact fold
Lie-Flat Capability?Yes
Car Seat Compatible?No
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Why We Chose It

  • Very good price
  • Super lightweight
  • Very compact when folded
  • Has a fully lie-flat recline
  • Adjustable back rest
  • Calf support
  • Good size shopping basket

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Wheels are too small to function well on uneven terrains
  • A little stiff to fold despite the ‘one-handed’ promise
  • Doesn’t feel very sturdy
  • Incompatible with a travel system

Cybex Eezy S Twist+2

Age/Weight SuitabilityBirth to 22 kg (around 4 years)
Weight8.6 kg
Seat-Facing PositionParent and world
FoldOne-handed and compact
Lie-Flat Capability?Yes
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • 360° swivel to change position from parent to world facing and back again
  • Integrated leg rest
  • 4-wheel suspension for smooth ride regardless of terrain
  • XXL sun canopy
  • Backrest can fully recline down to lie-flat position
  • Easy one-handed fold
  • Excellent price given quality
  • Compatible with carrycot
  • Easy assembly

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Only a small amount of storage
  • Not as lightweight as it looks

Maxi-Cosi Laika

Age/Weight SuitabilityBirth (with purchase of carrycot) or 6 months to 15 kg (around 3 years)
Weight7.45 kg
Seat-Facing PositionsParent when using car seat/carrycot (sold separately) and world
FoldOne handed
Lie-Flat Capability?Only with carrycot (sold separately)
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • Compatible with wide range of Maxi-Cosi car seats
  • Shoulder strap and compact fold makes for easy transportation
  • Comfortable, padded seat
  • Reasonable price
  • Easy to maneuver in town/city environments
  • Large sun canopy
  • Easy assembly
  • Easy fold once you’ve got the hang of it

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Heavier and bulkier than its ‘lightweight’ competitors
  • Need to buy carrycot in order to be suitable from birth
  • Doesn’t feel hugely sturdy

Stokke Xplory

Age/Weight SuitabilityBirth (with separate carrycot) or 6 months to 15 kg (around 3 years)
Weight13.3 kg
Seat-Facing PositionsParent and world
FoldOne-handed
Life-Flat Capability?Only with carrycot (sold separately)
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • Child is positioned high and close for better interaction
  • Child can be brought right up to the table when out and about
  • Height adjustable design – great for parents of differing heights!
  • Detachable shopping bag can handle up to 5kg
  • Puncture resistant wheels
  • Extended canopy with ventilation
  • Seat has step-by-step, removable, inlay cushioning so the seat can grow with them
  • Easy, one-handed fold
  • Leg support and foot rest

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Expensive
  • Carrycot must be purchased separately if you want to use from birth
  • Not suited to uneven, country terrain
  • Bulky and quite heavy when folded

Uppababy Vista V2

Age/Weight SuitabilityBirth to 22 kg (around 4 years)
Weight12.4 kg
Seat-Facing PositionParent and world
FoldOne-step, with or without toddler seat attached
Lie-Flat Capability?Yes
Car Seat Compatible?Yes
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Why We Chose It

  • Can be modified to transport up to 3 kids!
  • Shock absorbing wheels with all-wheel suspension
  • Included lie-flat carrycot that can be used for overnight sleeping
  • One-handed, multi position recline
  • Extendable and height adjustable sun canopy
  • Comes with various weather protection accessories
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Large shopping basket with 13.6 kg weight limit

Potential Cons to Consider

  • Quite heavy and bulky when folded (wheels and toddler seat can be taken off)
  • A little expensive (although great that so many add-ons are included in the package)

How We Chose The Best Buggies

There are a huge number of different buggies on the market and it’s understandable that it might be overwhelming trying to decide between them.

We think there are a few criteria worth focusing on:

  • Age/weight suitability
  • Weight and size
  • Seat-facing positions available
  • How easy is it to fold?
  • Can baby lie flat in it?
  • Is it compatible with a car seat or travel system?
  • Price

Let’s look at each one in a little more detail.

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Age/Weight Suitability

When we talk about the age or weight suitability for a buggy, we’re essentially saying how long your child can use it for.

Most of the ones we’ve chosen can be used until your toddler is at least 15 kg, which is generally around 3 years old. Some of them are able to be used beyond that — up to 22kg (around 4) is common — but the truth is, you’re going to be using it less and less after your toddler is about 2.5 so it’s not worth simply going for the pushchair that can give you the longest life.

However, if your toddler weighs significantly more than average, it may be worth prioritising a higher weight bracket for your buggy.

Weight and Size

How important the weight and the size of the pushchair is will depend on your location and lifestyle.

If you plan on doing lots of country walks and have a good size boot space, you’ll likely want to go for a bigger buggy. Larger, heavier buggies generally have bigger wheels with suspension that are better able to tackle uneven terrain and won’t get stuck in the mud.

The compromise on this better functionality is that they’re bigger — some of the best models will have detachable wheels and still fold down reasonably small, but they’re a long way from compact and lightweight.

On the other hand, if you live in a smaller space and are likely to mostly be using the buggy in a town or city environment, a lightweight model with a small folded footprint will be much more appropriate.

The Babyzen YOYO², for instance, is so small and lightweight when folded that it can even be taken as hand luggage with many airlines.

Of course, the flip side of this is that lightweight buggies have smaller wheels and lighter chassis, meaning they’re ill equipped for typical country terrain and might even struggle on soft grass.

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Seat Facing Positions

Which way would you like your baby or toddler to face while they’re in the pushchair — towards you, the parent, or out towards the world? Or perhaps you’d like the option to do both!

Traditionally, the expectation is that babies up to 6 months face the parent in a lie-flat position, and are spun around out to face the world in the toddler seat once they’re older than this. That might work fine for you.

But some parents want to keep that face to face engagement for a bit longer, so you might want to look at buggies that give you the option to position your child either way.

One of the best examples of this is the Cybex Eezy S Twist+2, which actually has an integrated 360° swivel to take your toddler from parent to world facing and back again with absolutely no faff.

Fold

If you’re planning to travel a lot with your pushchair — whether that’s simply in the car or further afield — it’s definitely worth focusing on the fold.

Ideally, you want a buggy that can be easily folded with just one hand into a compact single piece.

When you’ve also got a baby or a toddler to manhandle (!), convenience is key when it comes to putting away the buggy.

We’ve already spoken a little about how large and heavy the buggy is will affect the fold, and certainly how compact it gets. This will be of particular importance to anyone who’s short on space — whether that’s at home, in the car boot — or even in the aeroplane cabin!

However, even some of the bulkier buggies in our list can still be easily folded to a reasonably compact size. This folding technology has advanced hugely in the past few years and will continue to improve. The Bugaboo Fox 2, for instance, can be easily folded into one or two pieces (separate wheels) which gives you more options when it comes to storage.

Lie-Flat Capability

If you’re planning to use your buggy from birth, you’ll need to make sure that it has lie-flat capability.

This is an essential safety feature for newborns and means they’ll be allowed to spend extended periods of time in the buggy (great for naps!)

All of the buggies on our list have lie-flat capability, whether that’s an inbuilt fully flat recline option, or whether you need to buy a separate bassinet or carrycot to make this happen.

Some of them — the iCandy Peach, for example — are so advanced in this regard that your baby would even be able to sleep overnight in the included carrycot.

If you need a buggy for a baby or toddler older than 6 months, then there’s no need to buy one with a lie-flat capability.

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Car Seat Compatibility

Car seat or travel system compatibility is another feature that will either be important to you or it won’t.

Some parents absolutely swear by this — if your baby’s sleeping in the car, there’s nothing easier than to simply click the car seat onto the buggy frame and be on your merry way without having to wake them up. This might be a particularly attractive option if you’ve got a light sleeper!

But there are drawbacks to this, most notably the fact that babies should not be kept in a car seat for more than 2 hours in a 24 hour period — this could cut short a long walk once you add in the car travelling time.

Speaking from personal experience, we placed a lot of emphasis on buying a buggy that was travel system compatible but ended up barely using this functionality as our little one much preferred sleeping in the lovely lie-flat bassinet rather than the car seat.

Price

Price is the final big kahuna when it comes to the big things you should be considering before buying a pushchair

First things first, there’s absolutely no point in over-extending yourself financially. Make sure you have a budget in mind before you start comparing models and ensure you don’t exceed it.

While there’s some truth to the idea that ‘you get what you pay for’ when it comes to buggies, there are a lot of good models in every price bracket — and you simply don’t have to have all the bells and whistles to make a good purchase. Not every feature will be relevant to your needs.

Having said that, it is worth prioritising a buggy when you’re working out exactly what you need for baby.

We think that there are three main purchases that are worth your investment — both time for research and money spent — the buggy, the car seat, and the cot. Absolutely scrimp elsewhere but make sure you divert enough funds to these purchases to get the best you can get.

While the car seat and cot are essential safety purchases, the buggy is something you’re likely to use pretty much every day. It’s worth making sure you get the best one for your purposes.

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Smaller Features to Consider

The seven features we’ve outlined above are usually the most important when it comes to buying a pushchair, but there are often other cool features available that add to their value.

Here are a few that you might want to look out for:

  • Can it be converted to a double pushchair if you have 2 kids close in age?
  • Can you run with it?
  • How much storage space does it have?
  • How comfortable are the straps and padding?
  • Does it come with different size wheels?
  • How effective is the sun canopy?
  • Does the seat recline?

What’s your recommendation for the best buggy?

Head over to our advice section for more tips on travelling with a baby or toddler!

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